Thursday, August 22, 2013

Rock Edicts of Ashoka, Dahuli

The set of Rock Edicts at Dahuli contain eleven out of the well known 14 Major Rock Edicts of Ashoka between 273 BC to 236 BC. The Rock Edicts found here include Nos. I-X, XIV and two separate Kalinga Edicts. The scripts used is in early Brahmi.



The Kalinga War was the turning point in the life of King Ashoka and he gave up his ambition of Supreme Emperor. 



These inscriptions proclaim Ashoka's adherence to the Buddhist philosophy. The inscriptions show his efforts to develop the Buddhist dharma throughout his kingdom. Although Buddhism and the Buddha are mentioned, the edicts focus on social and moral precepts, rather than specific religious practices or the philosophical dimension of Buddhism.



On the rock above the Inscription, is the sculpture forepart of an elephant carved out of live rock which symbolizes Buddha, the 'Best of elephants' as in the form he was believed to have entered his mother's womb in dream.

33 comments:

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Wow these are awesome edicts & sculptures - right out of BC !

rupam sarma said...

Nice post and clicks

Ranjana's craft blog said...

I had heard about this. Thanks for sharing.

Our photos said...

Beautiful photos!
Have a nice day! RW & SK

Jeevan said...

Wonderful rock carving on the elephant! Sounds historical significant place.

Lowell said...

What a great carving - that elephant emerging from the rock!

R Sudhir Kumar said...

I have been longing to see an Ashokan edit! and this one is marvellous

Mama Zen said...

These are really cool!

Steffi said...

Great photos for SWF,Rajesh!

Sylvia K said...

Magnificent temple and lovely blue skies for a backdrop! Great capture for the day, Rajesh!

HansHB said...

A great serie of photos!

Alexander said...

What a treasure! This are very unique sculptures. Well taken photos Rajesh.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Alexander
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TexWisGirl said...

awesome carving!

uberrhund said...

Interesting post, I love reading about history and seeing the sites that remain.
A king's journey from ambition to Buddhism is a worthy post indeed.

George said...

This is very interesting. It's amazing that the inscription this old can still be seen.

ladyfi said...

So much history. I like that elephant rock!

Vasco Da GirDhar said...

Carving elephant out of live rock is amazing.

Leovi said...

Simply breathtaking rock sculpture! Excellent photos!

Leora said...

Interesting, how the sculpture is of an elephant. Must be something about humans liking elephants - we visited a famous sculpture of an elephant yesterday called Lucy.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, very cool.

sceneoftranquility said...

A unique elephant sculpture.

acreativeharbor.com said...

Love all the stone work ~ especially the elephant ~ Great photos ~ thanks, carol, xo

RNSANE said...

Thank you for this wonderful pictorial bit of history. You are my India guru.

'Tsuki said...

An elephant rock, what a surprise ! Thanks for the inspiring sharing...

'Tsuki said...

(but I always knew that elephants rock's... :D )

Viera said...

a lovely photos... Thanks for sharing...

Heather said...

Amazing photos -- love the elephant emerging from rock.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Fascinating history...and the elephant carving is amazing.

Judy Schultz said...

the carvings are amazing and the history very interesting. Judyx

Gemma Wiseman said...

The elephant seems to be born of the rock. Impressive art represented in this post.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful statues!

R Niranjan Das said...

Wow! Lovely architecture.

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AmitAag said...

Awesome post! Great captures!!